garnishment

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gar·nish·ment

 (gär′nĭsh-mənt)
n.
1. Law
a. A legal proceeding in which a plaintiff seeks the satisfaction of a debt by obtaining a judgment that directs a third party in possession of the property of the defendant to make it available to satisfy the judgment.
b. A court order directing a third party to make such property available.
2. A decoration or ornamentation: "[The house's] rooms ... were gorged with furniture and with garnishments" (Jean Stafford).

garnishment

(ˈɡɑːnɪʃmənt)
n
1. the act of garnishing
2. decoration or embellishment; garnish
3. (Law) law
a. a notice or warning
b. obsolete a summons to court proceedings already in progress
c. a notice warning a person holding money or property belonging to a debtor whose debt has been attached to hold such property until directed by the court to apply it

gar•nish•ment

(ˈgɑr nɪʃ mənt)

n.
1. Law.
a. a warning served on a third party to hold wages, property, etc., belonging to a debtor.
b. a summons to such a party to appear in court and give testimony in litigation between the debtor and a creditor.
2. decoration.
[1540–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.garnishment - a court order to an employer to withhold all or part of an employee's wages and to send the money to the court or to the person who won a lawsuit against the employee
court order - a writ issued by a court of law requiring a person to do something or to refrain from doing something
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

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He also argued that under the Illinois Wage Assignment Act the court lacked authority to order him to pay more than 15 percent of his weekly earnings, which would have been $94.
In an apparent effort to reach a broader range of potential payment sources, California now includes workers' compensation temporary disability benefits as a form of earnings subject to wage assignment for child or spousal support payments.
Special attention is given to the use of the borrower's future income as a form of collateral in personal loan markets and the effect of laws governing garnishment and wage assignment which limit the lender's claim to the borrower's income.
Persons to whom court ordered child support payments are more than 15 days overdue, may seek a mandatory wage assignment without prior notice to the individual in default.